Government is continually creating the needed enabling environment to make Ghana a pharmaceutical hub in the sub-region to not only support healthcare delivery but also create jobs, Kingsley Aboagye-Gyedu, Deputy Health Minister, has said.
“I urge all players in the pharmaceutical sector, including the private sector, to pool resources together so as to turn Ghana into a vibrant pharmaceutical research and development and production hub – not only to support healthcare delivery, but also to provide jobs and their associated benefits to millions in Ghana,” he said.
He noted that these jobs will be offered to the teeming number of graduates who are without secure jobs and living below their potential as future leaders, managers and players in the socio-economic systems of Ghana.
Mr. Aboagye-Gyedu was speaking at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Chamber of Pharmacy Ghana and Appolonia City for the establishment of a Pharma Village at the Appolonia Business Park, to serve the unique needs of the pharmaceutical industry.
The minister noted that his ministry and the chamber are currently implementing policies and programmes that will ensure medicines are available to patients at the right time and right cost.
“To help increase access to healthcare and essential medicines at affordable prices, government has initiated several policy measures in the health sector to support the local pharmaceutical industry and strengthen its capacity to produce essential medicines at competitive prices,” he said.